Sola Fitness Rochester Hills Small Group

There were 20 participants, 7 of whom were attending for the first time! We went around the room to introduce ourselves and shared our stories as well as cooking and other practical tips for transitioning to a whole food plant-based lifestyle. For example, one member shared her journey of reversing many of the illnesses that had almost ended her life a few years ago and regaining her health and new found energy through plant-based nutrition. One member shared her routine of prepping large amounts of food over the weekend. As always, there was plenty of yummy plant-based food! We have seasoned regulars who have been attending for the last two years, and we have new attendees. Anyone who is interested in plant-based nutrition is welcome!     


Sola Fitness Rochester Hill Small Group

We had a community Buddha bowl, and many of our regular and new members brought dishes to share: brown rice, lentil loaf, grilled carrots and onions, roasted sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans (with different flavors), grilled tofu, steamed vegetables (zucchini, collard greens, and broccoli), mango chutney, bitter melon salad, wakame seaweed, raw veggies and hummus, fruit, and cookies! It was a feast! The members liked the idea of community Buddha bowl and suggested that we continue every month. The host Kelly had created a quiz on nutrition-related topics and went over each question as members asked questions and discussed the topic further.  We had a great time with great food!   

The Sola group is growing, and we always have room for new members!  


Ann Arbor Small Group Meeting

Hey there plant-tastic folks! 

We did it again. And then some. Our last meeting was ON POINT. Did you feel the love?? I sure did. There's no other place in my life I can find the type of community, support, compassion and positive energy that I find with this group. Thank you all for your continued participation, for sharing your challenges and triumphs, and being there for the others in the group. Check out photos from our last meeting - attached!

Big A2 welcome to Tom, Cam and Jim for joining us for the first time this month! We're so happy to have you! 

Notables from the July Potluck: 

  • Yonanas - Get yourself a Yonanas machine and make home-made 'ice cream' with no added sugars and no artificial ingredients --- just fruit! Here are some available on Amazon. (Jim used the bigger, fancier one - the smaller one is available at about half the price)
  • Need a new pan to cook without oil? - Check out Costco for non-stick, affordable pans or get yourself a scan pan

Gaia update: As you know, Gaia has been on an epic bike trip with his family for the majority of the summer. He, his wife and his two boys are doing great! He'll have many stories to share at the next meeting, no doubt. :) 


SAVE THE DATES!! We have NEW DATES for you to SAVE for the rest of the summer and the fall! If you'd like to host one of the meetings, shoot me an email. 

Clawson Small Group Meeting

Thank you Hostess Pauline Flaga, for another enjoyable PBNSG Clawson Small Group Meeting! Those who attended: Founder and chairman of the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group Paul Chatlin, Jim Balla, Jeff Kroon, Joan Ritter, Rick Lafam, Jan Foster, Lynnda Skidmore, and Marilyn Bidinger. The food was fantastic as usual! Thank you, Jeff Kroon for the Broccoli dish, Rick Lafam for the blueberries, Jim Balla for the Brownie bites, Jan Foster for the Mixed fruit bowl, Lynnda Skidmore for the couscous dessert topped with berries. and our Hostess Pauline Flaga who made Yonana Banana Strawberry ice cream with her Yonana's Ice Cream Maker.!

Dearborn Small Group Meeting

Thanks again Rick and Connie Coogan for hosting this small group meeting, and opening your home for all to gather, share healthy plant based foods, and to discuss the benefits of a Whole Food Plant-Based Lifestyle. There were some great suggestions for easily prepared meals. .Also, much laughter and support from good people!! Thanks to all who brought a delicious plant-based oil free dish to pass, and for making the PBNSG Dearborn Small Group meeting a success!

Ann Arbor Small Group Meeting

Hey there plant-powered people - 

We had a great meeting last night - the last AA Small Group meeting at my house as I will be moving to St. Joseph Michigan at the end of May. But - don't fret! Gaia and I will still be leading the AA Small Group every month! We'll be bouncing around to different locations including Wendy's Co-op space, Joanne and Chris's house in Ypsi and David and Nancy's backyard for a BBQ. 

It was so wonderful to have Joanne and Chris back from their travels (though we did not hear enough about them - we'll have to get the low down next time)! Faye, David and Nancy came back for a second meeting, and we are so happy to welcome Dana as a first-time AA Small-group-er! Finally, Adi was able to make a return now off his crutches and out of school.... Spring is in the air, folks, and we are so happy to see people returning to the meetings and to get to know the new faces! 

Resources! Many, many resources were shared yesterday throughout conversation - more than one can remember. I did my best to capture them all and have included them below. Click the links for more info on each item! 

  1. Restaurants to check out in Ann Arbor: 
    1. The Lunchroom (Kerrytown location is the one we discussed)
    2. Vedge (Near the courthouse on Main St)
  2. Movies to watch:
    1. Cowspiracy (now on Netflix!)
    2. What the Health - from the same duo! Available for purchase online OR you can come watch the moving this summer via PBNSG! 
  3. Recipes and food items
    1. Rich Roll Cookbook (and Podcast) - We had the Mac 'n Cheese recipe - I will have my book at our next meeting on 5/15 for you to take a picture of the recipe. 
    2. PBNSG's Nacho Cheese 
    3. Beyond Meat products
    4. Skinny Girl Poppyseed dressing (not all Skinny Girl products are plant-based, but they do tend to be low sugar and low oil - look out for added ingredients you cannot pronounce; this one is pretty clean!)
  4. Instapot
  5. AVP - the place I went for treatment in India - Not a vegan resource per say but a topic of conversation at our meeting
  6. Meetups - follow Veg Ann Arbor and Veg Michigan for additional events with plant-powered peeps. I'll do my best to get on this site and send some out to the group as well! 

Upcoming Events: See for more info and for tickets to all PBNSG events! 

Email me directly if you want to set up a carpool to any event! 

  • 4/26 - TOMORROW - Take a Trip Through Your Body with PBNSG - Learn WHY your body LOVES Plant-Based Foods and HOW to EAT this Way! 
    • 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    • Seaholm High School Little Auditorium, Birmingham, Michigan
    • *** Wendy reached out to carpool - if you're going to this, shoot me a message (email or text) and I'll connect you!! ***
  • 4/30 - Sunday - Veg Fest via Veg Michigan (not a PBNSG event)
  • 5/3 - Wednesday - Plant-Based Whole Food Approach to Diabetes, Caroline Trapp, DNP, ANP-BC, CDE, FAANP - Diabetes Education
    • 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    • Groves High School
    • *** Dana and I are planning on attending this event from Ann Arbor. If you'd like to ride with us, email or text me! ***
  • 5/11 - Thursday - Plant-Based Transition 101 Class
    • 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Groves High School, Staff Planning Lounge
  • 5/15 - Monday **NEXT AA SMALL GROUP MEETING**
    • Cheese extravaganza! 

      Location: Touchstone Co-Housing Common House (560 Little Lake Drive, A2)

      Cheese is one of the hardest things to give up and/or substitute for when transitioning to a vegan diet. How have you learned to best replace or substitute for cheese? Bring a dish that is 'cheesy' - could be vegan version of a dish that typically has cheese (ex: tacos - I make delicious vegan tacos, and you'd never miss the cheese!) or with a cheese substitute (ex: my vegan queso actually does taste cheesy!). 
  • 5/31 - Wednesday - John Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market
    • 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Groves High School

Keep an eye out for additional events added to the schedule for our Small Group possibly including a pressure cooker demo, knife skills training, bring-your-own-tips and tricks for the hardest to prep food items (like avocados, onions, mangoes and pomegranates!) and a AA-SG BBQ! 

Hope to see each of you soon at an upcoming event!